There has been a lot of wedding talk in our house recently. Heidi has just been a bridesmaid for her Aunty and one of my best friends is busy planning her dream day and when we meet for our weekly catch up, weddings are definitely one of our main topics of conversation. Our wedding day was almost 10 years ago now and I've almost forgotten just how much planning is involved in making sure your wedding day is exacltly how you imagined. There are some things that will top every couple’s to-do list including buying the rings from a site like 77 Diamonds, securing a venue, inviting guests, ordering a cake and finding the perfect dress – not to mention ordering the tuxes and bridesmaid dresses and arranging a table plan. Amongst the hustle and bustle of it all, however, it can be easy to forget the little details – those that make a wedding unique and special, such as simple yet romantic vintage wedding traditions. With this in mind, I've compliled a list of ten traditions we should definitely bring back into popularity. I'd love to hear if any featured on your wedding day.
Asking the father of the bride for his permission
It’s fair to say that many men don’t do this these days. Of course, some still do but wouldn’t it be nice if this tradition was more set in stone? Sort of a must-seek-out-future-dad-in-law-before-proposing priority. Of course, family relations must be intact for this to work, but it’s a respectful tradition nonetheless.
Writing a letter to your significant other the night before
In years gone by, many couples used to write letters to their future spouses the night before their big day. They’d then put them in a box along with a bottle of wine and open them on their first wedding anniversary – now that’s pretty romantic, right?
Put a coin in your shoe for good luck
Back in Victorian times, brides used to pop a silver sixpence piece into their shoe to ensure a happy and prosperous marriage. While sixpence coins have been out of circulation for some time now, there’s no harm in popping a twenty pence in for good luck.
Put a sugar cube in your wedding glove
There are many weird and wonderful wedding superstitions floating around, but the Greeks have long believed that placing a sugar cube in your wedding glove will sweeten your union.
Plant a pine tree outside your home
If you’re not overcome with pre-wedding nerves, try planting a pine tree outside your home the night before you tie the knot. This is thought to symbolise a new beginning and is a great thing to do together before you walk down the aisle.
Throw your flower bouquet
These days, brides often carry brooch bouquets or other modern accessories instead of a traditional floral bouquet. While these are innovative and eye-catching there’s something special about throwing a bunch of flowers in the air for the next blushing bride to catch.
Hide a ring in your cake
When one couple gets married, the guests can’t wait for another pair to tie the knot and are always looking to hook up the single people. As a result, many people used to hide rings in their cake believing the person to find it would be the next to marry. If you do this, however, always attach it to a piece of ribbon so it doesn’t become a choking hazard.
Freeze a slice of your wedding cake
Your wedding cake is probably the most special desert you’ll ever eat in your life. Sure, it might not be your favourite as many of us tend to prefer brownies, sticky toffee pudding and other pub grub treats, but it’ll have extra servings of sentimental flavour, so save some to eat on your first anniversary.
Ask your nana for her favourite beauty secret
Sometimes, we look too hard to find real vintage beauty secrets when the answers could lie with a family member. Your grandma probably has a wealth of tricks up her sleeve and will help add a touch of vintage glamour to your big day.
Propose with a family heirloom
Engagement rings have been around for many years and are of great importance. While it’s easy to go out and buy one, why not ask your mum or grandma if you can use their engagement ring instead? Of course, you should always talk this through carefully with any family member carefully to avoid stirring up negative emotions. If you’re offered a family heirloom to propose with, accept with grace – even if you want to buy another ring of your own down the line.
Vintage traditions are often the best and shouldn’t be forgotten, so I hope I've inspired you to try incorporating some of these into your big day.